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From Long-Term Data to Understanding: Toward a Predictive Ecology
2015 LTER ASM Estes Park, CO - August 30 - September 2, 2015

Predicting ecological change: LTER in the era of big science (Tuesday)

Effects of krill demography on the foraging behavior and habitat use patterns of Adelie (Pygoscelis adeliae) and Gentoo (Pygoscelis papua) penguins breeding at Palmer Station, Antarctica

Poster Number:  54 Presenter/Primary Author:  Erin Pickett Along the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), populations of Pygoscelid penguins are undergoing significant demographic shifts, coincident with rapid environmental warming.

Cross-scale analysis of alternate stable states associated with woody encroachment at the Virginia Coast Reserve

Poster Number:  50 Presenter/Primary Author:  Benjamin Dows Conversion from grassland to woody dominated communities has occurred globally.

Deadwood, soil biota and nutrient dynamics in tropical forests: a review of case studies from the Luquillo Experimental Forest in Puerto Rico

Poster Number:  48 Presenter/Primary Author:  Grizelle Gonzalez Wood is the main constituent of tropical forests. Woody debris provides habitat for animals and germinating plants, as well as contributing to soil moisture regula¬tion and nutrient cycling.

Simulated hurricane treatment reduces basidiomycete litter mat cover in subtropical wet forest

Poster Number:  44 Presenter/Primary Author:  D Lodge The main effect of hurricanes, the transfer of leaves and branches from the canopy to the forest floor, was simulated by canopy trimming in 30 x 30 m plots in subtropical wet forest of Puerto Rico.

Spatial distribution of soil and leaf litter microbial communities in a simulated hurricane experiment.

Poster Number:  38 Presenter/Primary Author:  Sharon Cantrell Microbial communities play important roles in litter decomposition and nutrient cycling.